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Even Regions, Greener Growth

A major new report highlighting the link between disparities in economic performance between the English regions and the consequences for the environment and quality of life. The report sets out for the first time how continuing urban decay and population loss in the less prosperous areas is coupled with sprawling development and worsening congestion in others. It challenges the Government to ensure that, rather than exacerbating these problems by relaxing planning controls and building more infrastructure, the drive for a more even pattern of economic growth promotes an urban renaissance and protects the countryside in all regions.

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Family Housing

The Power of Concentration
This report shows that higher-density family house building is vital for rebalancing London’s housing stock, stopping the rot of ghettoisation, reinvigorating public transport and local services and giving vital breathing space to the natural environment of the South East. The report reveals that established design expertise exists to do this, and should now be applied much more widely across the capital.

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From Wasted Space to Living Spaces

The availability of brownfield land for housing development in England

The Campaign to Protect Rural England commissioned University of the West of England (UWE) researchers to calculate an accurate figure for housing capacity on suitable brownfield land and specify how such land might be brought forward for development. To explore this further, the report considers the economic and policy drivers for brownfield development and how they can bring sites back into use, and analyses a number of local authority approaches to identifying land and engaging with local communities.

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Future Planners

Propositions for the next age of planning
This report calls for the planning profession to take a key role in pursuing a more sustainable future, with proposals to boost democratic input and improve the public value of planning decisions.

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Getting Houses Built

How to accelerate the delivery of new housing

This fourth report in CPRE's Housing Foresight series looks at how to accelerate the delivery of new housing in England.

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Goodwill payments: Do they benefit communities or bring planning into disrepute

This briefing sets out the findings of CPRE’s investigation of a growing number of cases where developers of new wind farms are offering various forms of payments and benefits directly to local communities, as a means of overcoming opposition to development. CPRE believes that the practice is undermining public faith in planning, and that local communities could get a much better deal if developers are required to work through the planning process. We are calling for the Government to take a range of measures to stamp out the use of goodwill payments altogether.

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Goodwill payments: Local cases

Local examples produced as part of CPRE's briefing: Goodwill payments: Do they benefit communities or bring planning into disrepute?

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Government response to our Charter to save our countryside

A letter from Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning in response to our Charter to save our countryside.

 

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Green Belt facts

England's 14 Green Belts cover more than a tenth (12.4%) of land in the country, and provide a breath of fresh air for 30 million people. 

Our Green Belts help prevent urban sprawl, and protect our countryside from encroachment, but did you know they're home to 19% of all traffic free cycle routes and 34% of Community Forest land?

Explore these and other surprising facts in our Green Belt factsheet. 

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Green Belt myths

CPRE’s guide to what you need to know

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